Monthly Archives: May 2013

New Orleans Festivals

Shuckin’ Away at the New Orleans Oyster Festival -2013

Oyster's on the Half Shell



A delicacy in New Orleans, oysters have found a special place in the hearts of locals, visitors and foodies around the world. As the city has some of the best seafood in the world, it’s no surprise that New Orleans is also home to some of the best oysters and oyster dishes. Test your palate on some of this year’s New Orleans Oyster Festival favorites while enjoying the beautiful—but hot—New Orleans summer weather this weekend, June 1st and 2nd.

Oysters are obviously the star of the show, and they are prepared in both traditional and unique ways. You’ll always be able to find classics like oysters on the half shell, fried and BBQ oyster po-boys, charbroiled oysters and oyster dressing. But there are also new and inventive ways local restaurants have explored to highlight the distinct qualities of this inimitable seafood. Antoine’s has Oyster, Scallops and Petit Pois Pears over Garlic Cheese Grits, Elizabeth’s has Oyster Fois Gras, Grand Isle has Oyster Gazpacho Shooters, Royal House has Oyster Pastries and GW Fins has an Oyster Cocktail Veracruz. The possibilities are endless—if you love oysters, you’ll have your fill of options.

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Shopping in New Orleans

Magazine St. Shopping Offers Something for Everyone

Antique Shop on Magazine Street



For many, shopping is one of the chief aspects of travel. Various major cities have specific strips that are especially conducive to shopping, and New Orleans is no different. In this city, it’s Magazine St that is lined with shops with a wide range of goods and souvenirs that visitors can bring home with them.

Magazine St sets itself apart from Canal St and even parts of the French Quarter, which are lined with many tourist trap-type shops that sell typical New Orleans merchandise like graphic T-shirts, shot glasses and refrigerator magnets. While there are some other streets in the city that may rival Magazine, such as Royal St in the French Quarter which is famous for its shops and galleries, Magazine St Uptown truly stands on its own in terms of some of the finer aspects of New Orleans shopping.

Magazine St starts at the end of Audubon Park Uptown and curves and stretches all the way downtown to Canal St, where it turns into Decatur St. Decatur is another popular street for shopping, though as mentioned earlier, many of these shops are more for tourists looking for your typical travel souvenirs. read more »

New Orleans Festivals

Bayou Boogaloo: Food and Fun on Bayou St. John We’re nearing the end of the spring festival—and the sprin

Bayou Boogaloo


We’re nearing the end of the spring festival – and the spring weather—and before summer begins, Bayou Boogaloo (May 17th-19th) squeezes one more festival into the mix. The festival was founded during the evacuation of Hurricane Katrina and evokes the passions of the city—music, food, art and celebration—during a weekend-long free event, rain or shine.

A favorite for many, this festival benefits from its unique location on the Bayou St. John in Mid-City, which presents a picturesque backdrop for the fest. It also provides a cool way for visitors to enjoy the festivities—from boats and rafts right there in the bayou.

Four stages host dozens of the city’s favorite musical acts and other events like family yoga, massages and workshops for kids. You’ll find everything from blues and zydeco to indie and brass bands on this year’s lineup, plus a performance from Fleur de Tease to wrap of the fest Sunday night. The full lineup can be found on their website.

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New Orleans gardens

April Showers Bring May Flowers


Jasmine in Bloom

Jasmine in Bloom



After a rainy and unseasonably cold spring, May has arrived and promises a wealth of gorgeous and wonderfully scented flowers that will beautify gardens and walkways. With New Orleans’ rich, tropical and subtropical climate—particularly in the hot, humid summer—it is only natural that flowers of all shapes, sizes and colors should come to bloom here. There are too many to name, but there are a few that stand out and which you can’t miss when you visit the city.

The gardenia is one of the most well-known and most popular flowers you’ll find. Before you see it, you’ll likely smell its unique fragrance wafting by you, particularly in the streets of the French Quarter and other stretches of homes with ornate gardens. It is a spring and summer-flowering plant, and its predominant month is May. It is also referred to as cape jasmine if you ask around town.

The magnolia is perhaps the most prominent flower representing New Orleans, as it is the official state flower of Louisiana. You can find many magnolia trees with blossoms opening up throughout the season, but also others as it is actually an evergreen. It has a lovely, unique smell and a large and distinct shape that you won’t miss if you pass it. The Magnolia has inspired names of buildings, gathering sites and even a Mardi Gras Indian tribe.

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A Day at the Fest: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2013

Jumpin Johnny

While the possibility of afternoon showers threatened last Saturday’s Jazz Fest celebration, the day turned out to be a hot but beautiful one—one full of breathtaking music, incredible food and all the friendly passersby you could meet wishing you a “Happy Fest!”

The walk up to the Fairgrounds from your parking spot  is one of the unspoken moments of fest fun. Together you join ample fellow walkers all streaming from different tree-lined blocks, some carrying chairs, others carrying beers in coozies and others carrying nothing but the bright, summery clothes on their backs.  You know that the excitement of  Jazz Fest is in the air and all around you.

 I always have to run to my favorite food first. Folks don’t realizr that some of the food at the fest can only be found at the fest.  So not only are you anxious to see some good music, your taste buds are screaming  for Mango Sorbet,  Crawfish Strudel, Crawfish Monica …just to name a few of my favorites. And the strudel is as good as always!

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